Social Security and Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most commoncauses of neck and back pain. At some time in their lifetime, the average American will develop degenerative disc disease. While many people who have evidence of degenerative disc disease have minor pain complaints, a significant number of patients experience severe, chronic pain.

Degenerative disc disease is most often diagnosed through a combination of radiographic studies (such as x-rays and MRI’s) and a physical examination. In a Social Security claim, the presence of severe degenerative changes on an x-ray or MRI can be very important. These studies provide support and explanation for a Social Security claimant’s symptoms.

Treatment for degenerative disc disease may include physical therapy, medications, injection therapy, or surgery. However, some people continue to experience disabling pain even with extensive treatment.

Due to low back and neck pain, along with other related symptoms, it can be difficult to continue working with degenerative disc disease. Some people need to lie down or recline frequently. Others are incapacitated by pain, or suffer from severe fatigue. If you cannot maintain full-time employment, due to low back and neck pain, you may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.

If you have questions about a Social Security claim due to low back and neck pain, contact McCroskey Law today. One of our skilled Social Security attorneys will meet with you to discuss your case. We will spend the time to get to know you, and your situation. When you’re dealing with chronic neck and back pain, you have enough to deal with. Let McCroskey Law guide you through the complexities of a Social Security claim. We are here for you.

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